Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets. He was also featured in the 2018 documentary The Chase Key, and was the recipient of the Sierra Club Great Waters Group 2021 Environmental Hero of the Year award. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council also awarded Holmes its 2021-2022 Media Openness Award for using the open records laws for investigative journalism. Holmes was also a finalist in the 2021 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards alongside the rest of the Wisconsin Examiner's staff. The Silver, or second place, award for Best Online Coverage of News was awarded to Holmes and his colleague Henry Redman for an investigative series into how police responded to the civil unrest and protests in Kenosha during 2020. Holmes was also awarded the Press Club's Silver (second-place) award for Public Service Journalism for articles focusing on police surveillance in Wisconsin.

Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Riot bill’s penalties are as broad as they seem

By: - September 17, 2021

A bill that would create a felony penalty for people who were part of a protest where rioting broke out appears to be as broad as it sounds. During a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, on Thursday, questions persisted as to who exactly the bill would apply to if […]

Rep. Shae Sortwell (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Sortwell hopes social media bills have uniting principles

By: - September 17, 2021

When it comes to censorship on social media, Rep. Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers) hopes to find bipartisan ground to stand on. Recently, he introduced three bills which aim to both combat online censorship and provide new avenues for free-speech challenges. “Big tech has long been violating people’s free speech rights through deleting, censoring and shadow-banning […]

Rep. Supreme Moore (D-Milwaukee) Omokunde (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Moore Omokunde presses for bill to prevent police job-hopping

By: - September 15, 2021

For Rep. Supreme Moore Omokunde (D- Milwaukee), the legislative struggle to hold police accountable hits home. As a young man growing up in Milwaukee, he’d too found himself caught in the web of seemingly discriminatory traffic stops. To a certain degree, however, Moore Omokunde had a layer of protection in these encounters. “I’d be driving […]

Water protectors conducting a blockade against the Line 3 pipeline. (Photo | Giniw Collective)

Wisconsin joins the Enbridge Line 3 resistance

By: - September 14, 2021

Across Wisconsin’s western border with Minnesota, Indigenous people and allies have united in months of resistance against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. For those who have traveled to the resistance camps, what’s at stake is clear. It’s a struggle not just against a defiant fossil fuel industry, but also against what some call “the Great […]

Protesters confronting riot-clad officers who are blocking the freeway on the first day. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Inside the Google group police used to monitor 2020 protests

By: - September 10, 2021

Last year, as the streets in towns across Wisconsin filled with marches against police violence, local law enforcement agencies established numerous ways of sharing updates and information on the protests. One response was the Milwaukee County Law Enforcement Executives COVID/Protest group, which became an online hub for local agencies monitoring the movements of protesters in […]

Chantia Lewis (Photo | City of Milwaukee)

U.S. Senate candidate faces charges of embezzlement, fraud

By: - September 8, 2021

Milwaukee alderwoman and U.S. Senate candidate Chantia Lewis has been charged with defrauding the city and campaign donors of more than $21,000. The charges come from the office of Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm. Lewis is charged with five felony offenses, including misconduct in office, theft by fraud, embezzlement and falsifying campaign finance reports. The […]

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Evers on pace for record pardons, activists push for more

By: - September 8, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers gathered alongside members of the state’s Pardon Advisory Board and individuals who’ve received recent pardons at the Crossroads Collective in Milwaukee. Evers called the Tuesday morning gathering a celebration, not just for those present, but also for the more than 260 people who’ve received pardons under the Evers administration. “If you hear […]

A Green Bay Correctional Institution watch tower and guard. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Prison abolition activists join nationwide actions

By: - September 3, 2021

Prison abolitionist activists in Wisconsin are joining others across the country in a series of actions to shine a light on conditions inside prisons and jails across the country. The actions, collectively called Shut’em Down 2021, range from community discussion events to protests outside state incarceration facilities. Wisconsin’s actions involve members of a variety of […]

Congresswoman Gwen Moore joins others in signing a bar used in the construction of the new mental health facility. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee mental health emergency center to open by 2022

By: - September 2, 2021

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and Gov. Tony Evers attended a ceremony in  Milwaukee on Monday to announce plans to construct a new mental health facility in the city. The facility, slated to open in early 2022, will be located in a neighborhood where it will serve local residents. It’s a strategy Rep. Kalan Haywood […]

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Wiretap expert fears bill will open ‘back door’ for police

By: - September 2, 2021

There is a major problem with the wiretap bill that passed the state Senate and is currently making its way through the Wisconsin Assembly, says telecommunications expert Ben Levitan. “A judge’s order is an order on the cell phone company, not a license to go wiretap on your own,” Levitan, an engineer who spent 30 […]

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Animal protection, wildlife groups file lawsuit over wolf hunt

By: - September 1, 2021

Several organizations including Animal Wellness Action (AWA), the Center for a Humane Economy, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife, and the Project Coyote have joined a lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin over the upcoming wolf hunt in November. A quota of 300 wolves has been set for the hunt, which comes after 218 […]


Two endangered snake species found in construction areas

By: - August 30, 2021

Two separate incidental take notices were issued for rare snake species in different parts of the state. In Juneau County, a network of drainage ditches are planned for an area inhabited by the state endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnake. In Ozaukee County, the state endangered queensnake has been detected near a bridge project. Incidental take notices […]